Special Monthly Compensation Rates

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How to Read the SMC Table
Special Monthly Compensation Rates Table

Below is the table with all the current Special Monthly Compensation (SMC) rates. These are the new rates that were updated on December 1, 2016. You don't have to do anything to get the new rates. Your next check will already reflect them. SMC is only given for VA Disability. To figure out what category you qualify for, see our Special Monthly Compensation page.

 


How to Read the SMC Table

The SMC table can be a bit complicated to read, so let’s cover some basics first. All the rates for SMC are given instead of the regular VA Disability compensation. So if you qualify for SMC N, then you would not receive your normal disability compensation but just receive the amount noted for SMC N below. However, SMC K is given in addition to all other compensation. It’s vital that you understand exactly how SMC works and what categories you qualify for before trying to figure out exactly how much you’ll receive for your conditions. To do this, carefully read our Special Monthly Compensation page.

Once you know which category(ies) you can get, then you’re ready to read the table.

The rates noted in the table are the amount that the VA pays every month. Like regular VA Disability Benefits, this money is not taxable.

Down the left side of the table, you’ll find that the number of legal dependents you have can increase your rate. These dependents can be a spouse, children, and parents. For these people to count, they must be dependent on your for their support. Just because you have a mother doesn’t mean she counts as a dependent.

There are two different divisions for dependent children: under 18, and 18-23. If your child is 18-23, she must be single and in school to qualify as a dependent. Many of the situations already have 1 child figured into the rate. If you have additional children, then you would add the additional amount in the additional children rows to your rate for each additional child. So if you have 3 children under the age of 18, then one is already counted, and you would then add the correct rate twice for the two additional children.

When choosing which situation is correct for you, you need to know that if a child is already figured in, the child used is under 18. If you only have 1 child, and he’s over 18 and qualified, then don’t choose the situation for you and 1 child, instead choose the one for just you, and then add the additional amount for a child over 18.

For example, Barney qualifies for SMC Category L and has two children that qualify, one under 18 and one over 18. Since one is under 18, he would choose the “You and 1 Child” situation for Category L ($3,736.59). He would then add the additional amount for a child over 18 ($260.91). His total SMC would be $3,997.50 ($3,736.59 + $260.91 = $3,997.50).

Another quick example, Bertha qualifies for SMC Category M and has 3 kids that qualify, all over 18. Since none are under 18, she would choose the rate for just herself ($4,003.72). She would then add 3 over 18 children ($260.91 x 3 = $782.73). Her final SMC rate would be $4,786.45 ($4,003.72 + $782.73 = $4,786.45).

When considering spouses, it is pretty straightforward unless you have a spouse who needs regular Aid and Attendance. This means that your spouse needs regular help with daily tasks like dressing, bathing, eating, etc. Your spouse only qualifies for this if he/she is not hospitalized or institutionalized, but does qualify if he/she receives any homecare, like a home nurse or family member.

The additional amount noted in the row for an Aid and Attendance Spouse is just added directly to whatever rate you qualify for. For example, Barbara qualifies for SMC Category L, and her husband qualifies for Aid and Attendance. She would then take the rate for her and her husband ($3,790.43) and add the amount for Aid and Attendance ($149.08). Her final SMC rate would be $3,939.51 ($3,790.43 + $149.08 = $3,939.51).

One more point, and you’ll be ready to go. The amount for Category K is the same no matter how many dependents you have: $103.54.

Special Monthly Compensation Rates Table

SMC Category→
Situation ↓

L

M

N

O

R1

R2

S

Just You

$3,627.87

$3,815.41

$4,003.72

$4,278.80

$4,554.51

$4,822.42

$5,090.83

$7,274.39

$8,343.91

$3,263.43

You & 1 Child

$3,736.59

$3,924.13

$4,112.44

$4,387.52

$4,663.23

$4,931.14

$5,199.55

$7,383.11

$8,452.63

$3,372.15

You & 1 Parent

$3,758.32

$3,945.86

$4,134.17

$4,409.25

$4,684.96

$4,952.87

$5,221.28

$7,404.84

$8,474.36

$3,393.88

You & Spouse

$3,790.43

$3,977.97

$4,166.28

$4,441.36

$4,717.07

$4,984.98

$5,253.39

$7,436.95

$8,506.47

$3,425.99

You, 1 Parent & 1 Child

$3,867.04

$4,054.58

$4,242.89

$4,517.97

$4,793.68

$5,061.59

$5,330.00

$7,513.56

$8,583.08

$3,502.60

You & 2 Parents

$3,888.77

$4,076.31

$4,264.62

$4,539.70

$4,815.41

$5,083.32

$5,351.73

$7,535.29

$8,604.81

$3,524.33

You, Spouse, & 1 Child

$3,909.48

$4,097.02

$4,285.33

$4,560.41

$4,836.12

$5,104.03

$5,372.44

$7,556.00

$8,625.52

$3,545.04

You, Spouse, & 1 Parent

$3,920.88

$4,108.42

$4,296.73

$4,571.81

$4,847.52

$5,115.43

$5,383.84

$7,567.40

$8,636.92

$3,556.44

You, 2 Parents, & 1 Child

$3,997.49

$4,185.03

$4,373.34

$4,648.42

$4,924.13

$5,192.04

$5,460.45

$7,644.01

$8,713.53

$3,633.05

You, Spouse, 1 Parent & 1 Child

$4,039.93

$4,227.47

$4,415.78

$4,690.86

$4,966.57

$5,234.48

$5,502.89

$7,686.45

$8,755.97

$3,675.49

You, Spouse, & 2 Parents

$4,051.33

$4,238.87

$4,427.18

$4,702.26

$4,977.97

$5,245.88

$5,514.29

$7,697.85

$8,767.37

$3,686.89

You, Spouse, 2 Parents, & 1 Child

$4,170.38

$4,357.92

$4,546.23

$4,821.31

$5,097.02

$5,364.93

$5,633.34

$7,816.90

$8,886.42

$3,805.94

Additional Children under 18

$80.76

$80.76

$80.76

$80.76

$80.76

$80.76

$80.76

$80.76

$80.76

$80.76

Additional Children 18–23

$260.91

$260.91

$260.91

$260.91

$260.91

$260.91

$260.91

$260.91

$260.91

$260.91

Aid and Attendance Spouse

$149.08

$149.08

$149.08

$149.08

$149.08

$149.08

$149.08

$149.08

$149.08

$149.08

           

Congress updates these rates every few years.

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